About the Virtual Dance Collection

The goal of OhioDance is to create a Virtual Dance Collection that will capture the most significant artistic moments in dance in Ohio over the last fifty plus years – and to make the information available digitally. Through videos, oral histories, still photos of people and performances, and text in an interactive website. During the project period, we will be selecting, creating the content and designing the features of the website, and unveiling the project to the community with performances in Ohio.

January 2014-July 2015: Phase 1 - Project Ideation
Phase 1 defined the VDCP and its importance as a powerful resource for Ohio’s dance history. The first regional roundtable was held at our 2015 festival. A mock website was created.
July 2015-June 2016: Phase 2 - Project Community Engagement
Phase 2 includes facilitating six additional regional roundtables with key dance stakeholders to identify suggested pivotal dance performances/moments. These are creating a template for determining what dance legacy Ohio wants to share for future generations.
Regional Roundtable Discussions:
  • 2015 OhioDance Fall Festival and Conference — Ohio University, Athens
    October 24, 2015, 4:45-5:45pm
    Regional Roundtable/OhioDance
    Virtual Dance Collection
    Included in conference registration
  • Oberlin College, Warner Main Space, Oberlin OH
    November 4, 2015
    2:30-4:00pm — Master Class with Oberlin Dance Collective (ODC)
    4:30pm — Panel Discussion with ODC Artistic Director Brenda Way, OhioDance Virtual Dance Collection with Candace Feck oral historian.
    7:00pm — ODC Evening Performance
    All Events Free
  • University of Dayton, @ARTSTREET, Dayton, OH
    December 1, 2015, 6:00-8:00pm
    Regional Roundtable/OhioDance
    Virtual Dance Collection
  • Ohio Northern University
    January 30, 2016
    12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Roundtable discussion
  • Kenyon College
    February 11, 2016
    9:40am - 11:00am
    Roundtable discussion
July 2016: Phase 3 - Project Implementation
Phase 3 will be the selection of the chosen moments through a formal call for nominations; documentation through collecting video footage and still photographs, conducting and recording oral histories for each dance group highlighted, collecting and photographing relevant tangible objects; the website design and launch; and unveiling the new VDCP at our Festival in 2017. This unveiling will include dance performance by some of the selected dance artists of the collection and a printed guide.

The Virtual Dance Collection (VDC) Team

Dr. Candace Feck, VDC oral historian, is Professor Emerita at the Ohio State University, where she taught for over 25 years in the Department of Dance. Her writing appears in books, journals, lectures and DVDs, and she is currently working on a book about choreographer Elizabeth Streb. Dr. Feck has expertise in qualitative methods of research, with a specialty in oral history. In addition to dozens of interviews conducted for research purposes, her oral history of Bebe Miller is housed in the New York Public Library.

Jessica Cavender, VDC Media Manager, holds a B.S. in Electronic Media Communications and a M.F.A. in Dance and Technology from the Ohio State University. Jess is a specialist in the merger of dance and technology; an expert in video, photography, live/interactive media production, and web technologies.

Megan Davis Bushway, VDC and OhioDance videographer; documenting, and editing footage. Davis holds a BA in Art Therapy and Dance from Springfield College and an MFA in Dance from OSU.

Patrick Tabatcher, VDC and OhioDance webmaster, joined the University of Akron (UA) in 2000 where he works as a Sr. Multimedia Producer after a short stint at a local marketing firm. Patrick has a BA in Graphic Design and an MA in Communications from UA where he focused on multimedia. He teaches Web Pages Design in the UA Myers School of Art and teaches Digital Technology in UA's School of Dance, Theatre and Arts Administration. He has shared his knowledge on web design, multimedia, and accessibility at conferences across the country.

Jane D’Angelo, project director for VDC, has served as the OhioDance Executive Director since 2003. She holds a BS in Business Administration from Northeastern University and a CSS in Administration and Management from Harvard Univ. She has an extensive background in dance, both performing and teaching dance all ages.